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Defibrillator installed in old telephone box

PUBLISHED: 15:49 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:49 23 October 2015

The new defibrillator at the disused telephone box in Weston-in-Gordano.

The new defibrillator at the disused telephone box in Weston-in-Gordano.

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A disused telephone box in Weston-in-Gordano has had a potentially life-saving defibrillator installed within it.

It marks a significant step forward for Portishead Lions, which is trying to raise £55,000 to buy and install 19 defibrillators across the town and nearby villages.

The first defibrillator is near Boots in Portishead High Street but putting the new device in Weston-in-Gordano will kick-start a programme of installation.

Villagers contributed £1,100 towards the project.

By mid-November, Portishead Lions will have five units put in primary schools in the area.

A spokesman for the group said: “The club plans to have a defibrillator in place within easy access of all members of the public in Portishead and district.

“The target is 19 installations. Two are now in place and a further 16 sites have been agreed with a further option being investigated.”

The group has been able to raise £29,326 so far towards the Portishead Lions Defibrillator Project.

However, to reach the 19-unit target, the charitable group still needs to raise a further £25,000.

Project leader Andrew Hill thanked people who have supported the club with the project, while asking for the community to continue to back its efforts.

He is keen to hear from anyone with fundraising ideas or who believes they know of a suitable location for a defibrillator.

Anyone wishing to support the project can call Mr Hill on 01275 818200 or log on to 
www.portisheadlionsclub.org.uk

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